Here’s a selection of my recent portraits, mostly shot in the subjects’ own home. I do love the control of working in a studio, but from the sitter’s point of view it’s more relaxing to stay at home and let the photographer do the work! Most houses have enough of a neutral background to create a “studio” look if required, and sometimes enough natural light not to bother with artificial lighting.
These were shot in John and Elizabeth’s airy front room on a sunny September day, so I just used bounce flash to fill-in the shadows a little. Some lovely, natural shots of the family at home.
Again, this was a big, bright room with plenty of available light so I decided to just go with a higher ISO to make the most of the natural look of the room. The girls enjoyed the shoot, and eventually got their Dad in on the event!
A wonderful subject for a portrait, he fairly twinkles for the camera! Shot at the wedding of his son Paul, July 2010. Available light and fill-in flash.
One of my first photos of the New Year, shot in Ann’s home. I tried a number of different backgrounds but in the end decided that I like the strong colours in this one. I shot the same photo with more depth of field but felt this one was more appealing with the focus just on the eyes. 24-70 mm lens, f/4, flash and shoot-through umbrella.
A rare moment of stillness for Rowan, between bouts of playing, running, and joining in with Waybuloo. Shot with off-camera flash through an umbrella. I just love the detail in his eyes – so clear.